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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Portland

Connecticut

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890 4686 1
1900
1910
1920
1930 3930 74
1940
1950
1960 5587 225
1970
1980
1990
2000 5534 5196 178
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Police or Other Official Action

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black
  • Other

Comments

Portland, CT, is situated on the Connecticut River and is home to stone quarries which supplied a large percentage of the brownstone for Manhattan.

A former resident of Portland remembers being told by a local person, “at one time, the Italian stonecutters (who all apparently came from a small Sicilian town called Melili) had to be across the Connecticut river bridge by midnight. The bridge would be left open all night so that no traffic could pass. My memory fails now but I believe they had to be over the bridge into neighboring Middletown and thus out of Portland.”

Another former Portland resident adds, “As far as the sundown laws were concerned…the Italians and other non Protestants who worked in the quarries were told to scoot after sunset. I remember that fact from a little elementary school history class tour of the place, many moons ago. Being Catholic it struck me as bizarre. I’m sure it can be verified in town records or in the town library.”